Di Matteo wants repeat of famous comeback
CHELSEA (1) v BENFICA (0) Tonight, 7.45pm – Live on ITV1
ROBERTO DI MATTEO has silenced any talk of Champions League glory.
And the Blues caretakerboss has warned that his side must show the spirit of Napoli if they are to clinch a semi-final spot.
The west London club made themselves favourites to reach the semi-finals when Salomon Kalou’s strike secured a 1-0 win in Lisbon last week.
But Di Matteo reckons complacency could WRECK his side’s hopes of taking the next step towards landing the one trophy that’s eluded them in the Roman Abramovich era.
Instead the Italian has demanded a repeat of the do-or-die approach that inspired a memorable comeback against Napoli in the last round.
He said: “This tie is far from over. Benfica have scored in every away game of their Champions League season, so it’s a difficult task tomorrow night.
“We’ll have to approach this game like the Napoli game.
“It is a dangerous result. This is half-time and we are leading 1-0, but a 1-0 lead is basically nothing.
“Our players are aware of this and we’ll have to go into this game with the same attitude as against Napoli.
“Nothing has been done yet – we’re aware of that. We need to go and qualify for the next round.”
Di Matteo knows victory will strengthen his claim to be installed as Andre VillasBoas’s permanent successor.
But he refuses to publicly pitch for the job – even though the Blues’ season has been revived under him.
He said: “I’m very happy